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Sometimes It Takes a Veteran to Understand

Darren Manzella | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Darren Manzella

Suicide is a problem whether you want to talk about it or not, so if you're worried about someone, ask. You can't prevent suicide by ignoring it.

Unintended Consequences of Striking Syria

David L. Phillips | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
David L. Phillips

Military action in Syria could embroil the United States in civil wars from the Tigris to the Levant; U.S interests could also come under direct attack. A steely-eyed view of regional dynamics and contingency planning are critical to optimizing U.S. objectives.

Syria and Obama

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

We will not resolve or set right Syria, any more than we did Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya -- or dare I say Vietnam. We can, however, help to defend our few friends and even fewer steadfast democracies.

Gun to the Head

Steven Weber | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Steven Weber

Why, despite the majority's opposition -- both national and international -- to the notion of America as a warring nation, do we persist in being just that?

Winning The War in Afghanistan One Meeting at a Time

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

Afghans have taken charge again of their own destiny. The American officers at the security meeting were witness to this change on the ground. Having not been asked to contribute to the discussion, they were silent observers to the intricate issue of Afghan inter-service coordination.

6 Peaceful (and Legal) Alternatives to War in Syria

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Sarah van Gelder

Will military strikes help ordinary Syrians or harm them? Will more violence deter the use of chemical weapons and other war crimes in Syria and elsewhere, or exacerbate the problem? Have all other possibilities been exhausted, or are there peaceful solutions that haven't been tried?

The Pivot to Africa

Nick Turse | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Nick Turse

They're involved in Algeria and Angola, Benin and Botswana, Burkina Faso and Burundi, Cameroon and the Cape Verde Islands. And that's just the ABCs of the situation.

Top 10 Unproven Claims for War Against Syria

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

The American people have a right to a full release and vetting of all facts before their elected representatives are asked to make a decision of great consequence for America, Syria and the world.

Stand-off Capability

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

President Obama is a highly intelligent man, but has limited experience. The military advisers on the White House staff should have dissuaded him from his current course of action. He has put himself into a corner and now has few viable options.

4 Things Military Families Want Americans to Know Before Bombing Syria

Janine Boldrin | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Janine Boldrin

After twelve years at war, military families are proficient in saying goodbye. However, that doesn't mean it is in everyone's best interest that we keep saying it.

A Message on Suicide Prevention Month

Chuck Hagel | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Chuck Hagel

The Department of Defense has no more important responsibility than supporting and protecting those who defend our country, and that means we must do everything possible to prevent military suicide. When one of us faces a challenge, we all must stand together.

Serving America's Veteran Students

Daan Braveman | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
Daan Braveman

I believe strongly that colleges and universities have an obligation to ensure that our veterans have the knowledge and skills to make the transition to productive civilian lives.

A Deadly Artillery Duel in Eastern Afghanistan

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

The war in Afghanistan is winding down, yet the enemy is as determined as ever to inflict mass casualties on U.S. troops.

The Left and Right Entirely Missed the Point of Obama Deferring to Congress on Syria

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The pundits mostly are trying to figure out the president's tactics short term on the "next war" or "what this means politically." But Syria isn't the point. Politics isn't either. Our Constitution is.

Cold War Chess: Why a Strike on Assad Would be Good for Russia, Bad for America, and Useless for Syria

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Sanjay Sanghoee

Whether we like it or not, we are now playing a game of diplomatic and military chess in the Middle East, and like any good player, we must think through several moves ahead if we want to have any hopes of winning. So far our government has not done that.

Intervention Lessons From Kosovo for Syria

David L. Phillips | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
David L. Phillips

Military action is a tactic not a policy. The decision to go to war should be linked to a broader strategy of creating a safe haven on Syria's border with Syria and Jordan. The safe haven would be protected by a no-fly-zone, enforced by NATO.

Humanitarian Missiles Are Superior to Cruise Missiles

Marc Gopin | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics
Marc Gopin

To be truly competitive with the unwinnable military options we must now inject not just food into the mouths of the innocent, but inject empowerment and preparation for a future into a dying and desperate people.

West Point's Miracle on the Hudson

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." - Mahatma Gandhi Ready for a good news story? As this letter of gratitude ...

U.S. Military Intervention in Syria: Legitimacy Does Matter

David Mednicoff | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
David Mednicoff

Trying to build legitimacy and content for international law is doing something. The problem, for many of us, is that it seems slow, and offers no immediate resolution to punishing Assad for his awful attacks.

Hagel Suggests Pentagon Moving Naval Forces Closer To Syria

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT OVER THE PACIFIC -- The Pentagon is moving naval forces closer to Syria in preparation for a possible decision by President...

Military Spouse Unemployment Backgrounder: Defining the Problem

Craig Newmark | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Like lots of American families, lots of military families need two earners for financial stability and to achieve their families goals. The crises of spouse unemployment really undermines our population

Achieving Military Equality

Diane H. Mazur | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Diane H. Mazur

Freeloading on the military's popularity may be foolproof, but it is also foolish. It may work, but it doesn't make it smart. Every time we turn decisions over to the military and hope it does the right thing, we waste some of the critical capital of civilian control.

A Legal Maelstrom in the Military Courts

Harry Brown | Posted 10.19.2013 | College
Harry Brown

Sexual misconduct in the military has been steadily rising for a number of years and has become a blight on the reputation of the armed forces. Time will tell whether these latest efforts will curtail sexual assault or if a greater caliber of action is required.

One Great Leap Forward: Defense Department Offering Full Benefits to Same-Sex Military Spouses

Brian Stone | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

For many of us who served before the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," it's almost surreal. Full rights for gay military couples seemed like a long shot back then. Like the repeal of DADT, this announcement will be remembered joyously as a part of our shared LGBT history.

U.S. Military Aid Is Not a Gift, It's a Payment

Jeremy White | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Jeremy White

As many advantages as there are to being the last remaining global "superpower," the United States is not the Roman Empire controlling all highways in the known world.